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Feeling very blessed!

I am so incredibly lucky. I start each day not knowing exactly what will happen, what kind of work I’ll do or who I’ll be working for; that’s the beauty of freelancing.

As you know, I’ve been freelancing for a year now and I have been very fortunate to work with some amazing companies and people in that time. I have gone from purely undertaking administration roles, to voice overs, video tutorials, accounting and now social media marketing and PR.

I am currently actively promoting two books; one is a suspense thriller by Ken Boehs called The Tilted Truth and the other is a children’s book, details for which I’ll reveal soon. How exciting is that?!

I’m also working with some other fantastic companies:

  • The Canvas Factory – who print photos directly from Facebook and Instagram onto canvas. Awesome!
  • Perfect Party Pieces – a future party supplies company, although at the moment I’m providing fans with inspiration for cakes, decorations, party food and party games for different party themes.
  • Elance Australia – I help others use Elance to find work or hire contractors.
  • Paint My Place App – A fantastic iPhone app that allows you to paint your home with virtual paint colours. I’m no longer working with them, but it’s a wonderful idea!

It’s so nice to be able to be able to clock on and off around Hannah’s needs, and fulfill my own at the same time.

Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss how Elance or freelancing works 🙂

 

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Ladybug Ladybird Party Theme Ideas

First of all, what is the different between a ladybug and a ladybird? As far as I understand it, it’s a cultural thing (eg. Aussie v American). Either way, this is the theme I’ve chosen for my daughter’s 1st birthday. It’s in 2 WEEKS!!!! I can’t believe it’s come around so quickly!

Invitation Ideas

I’ve decided to make the invitations myself. I would have LOVED to have made little ladybugs with wings that open for the invitations, but I have to be practical – I go back to work tomorrow and it’s just not going to happen.

I’ve just whipped this one up using Paint – it’s not terribly fancy, but it’s still sweet.

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I really liked the following example invitation too, although unfortunately I have no idea where I found it. Probably off Facebook or Pinterest, but you can see that it was made by Serendipity Design.

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Decoration Ideas

There are so many beautiful parties out there and planning a 1st birthday has its pressure, that’s for sure. So here are some lovely examples of parties with decorations that I aspire to have.

1. I simply adore the hand-made art at the back of this dessert table. I might even try to make one for Hannah, I love it that much! I also really like the garland hanging in front of the table. Source.

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Rainbow Party Theme Ideas

I’ve had lots of requests through Perfect Party Pieces for some Rainbow party theme ideas, so I thought I’d share some here as well.

Cake Ideas

1. My awesome sister-in-law sent me this photo of an amazing rainbow cake – it’s a Duff Tie Died Cake Mix cake.

Rainbow Cake

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For a fantastic step by step guide on how to make one, check this out!

 

2. Here is a fantastic visual of how to create this rainbow look, step-by-step. Again, the link to this from Pinterest is not working and I don’t know who to credit.

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3. Here’s another great idea for a rainbow cake and I love the little flags around the outside. Source.

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Decorations

I love easy decorations, so here a few ideas:

1. This would make a fantastic centrepiece for a rainbow themed party or for any birthday, simply by putting the correct age into the jar first and filling up with M&Ms, Smarties or Skittles. Source.

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2. This awesome rainbow balloon wall would be a fantastic addition to any party. You could also hide things in the balloons to find when popping, or use the balloons as a part of a party game later in the day. Source.

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Or from the same source:

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3. Here’s a tutorial to create this cute rainbow cloud garland.

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4. I love the combo of pom poms and balloons, and having the staircase helps to create that rainbow progression too. However, this could easily be recreated on a string, along a window frame or across a patio. Source.

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5. I love the table runner – this could easily be replicated by sewing together different coloured strips of fabric onto one backing piece. I’m loving the umbrellas too! Source.

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6. This cute ribbon garland just screams festive fun! You could add even more colours to it if you wanted to, or use red, white and blue streamers only for a 4th July or Australia Day feel. Source.

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7. I love the decorations here, especially the colourful cups and plates they’ve used. Mind you, I don’t know about washing up after a party… lol Here’s the source.

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Rainbow Cupcakes and Snacks

1. This has to be one of my all time favourite cupcake ideas! Relatively simple to do but so effective. Source.

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2. Here’s a great for making mini rainbow cakes and a how-to guide that would be easy enough to bake with the kids. Source.

How to make rainbow cupcakes with your toddler | Rainbow Party Theme Ideas | Perfect Party Pieces

 

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Selling up and moving on!

So I made the huge decision last week to sell my lingerie business (Honeypot Lingerie) and am stoked to say that I’ve had a lot of interest. I’ll admit; I was a bit worried no one would be interested. In the end I may have listed the price too low :-/ oh well! 🙂

I was upset to begin with – it’s been my baby for almost 2 years and had so many ideas and dreams for the future, but life is what you make it and at the moment I don’t see a lot of quality.

Hannah’s with me at the shop, but I rarely get time to sit down and play with her. I’m freelancing a lot lately (which I adore), just so that I can afford not to be at the shop full time, but then I’m doing more freelancing because I’m not at the shop full time, and somehow 11pm comes around awfully quickly each day, and I have to wonder – what did I achieve today? What did I do for myself? What new activity did I try with Hannah or new skill did I try to teach her? What was the best part of the day?

And I come up empty.

So I’m thinking, surely there’s more to life than this? So! Step one – sell business. Step 2 – set aside Hannah only time every day – no work, no TV, no distractions. Just us playing and having fun. Step 3 – go for a walk with the dog every day, unless the weather would endanger our health. Step 4 – start enjoying life more, however I can 🙂

Do you have any suggestions? What do you do to enrich your life? Where does your spark and sense of fulfilment come from?

 

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I’m a 12WBT fraud!

Well I’m embarrassed… I had a terrible week this past week in terms of exercise (as in, not exercising) and eating (I ate nachos for lunch yesterday…) so it was with some surprise that I weighed myself this morning and found that I had lost another 1.1kg since last week…

How can that be? I know that I have been more mindful of what and how much I’ve been eating, as well as eating    some of the meals that were 12WBT approved, but it’s not very fair when other people have been working their butts off and haven’t seen much loss.

How have you gone this week? Do you find that exercising every day is easy or a hard slog?

 

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Something all parents can relate to!

Something all parents can relate to!

I just had to share this fantastic clip of the Sydney Philharmonic Choir singing ‘An Ode to Sleep Deprived Parents’.

Apart from the amazing lyrics, I can’t get over how serious each and every vocalist looks! AWESOME! 😀

This is now my theme song hehe

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Workin’ It

 

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